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Monday, October 3, 2016

Roasting Chicken in a Clay Pot



Have you ever worried about baking a chicken and it turning out dry?  I have, especially since Bree on "Desperate Housewives" was horrified when someone maliciously told her that her chicken was dry. I have worked hard to prevent this in various ways.   I have brined and marinated whole chickens, I have injected liquid into them, I have rubbed butter under the skins and then I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.  I knew there had to be a better way! 

 I purchased a clay pot years ago but the only problem I forget I have it for months and months. I bought it when we were on vacation and stumbled upon an old shop, a store in Texas which was called  "Mercantile", a kind of general store from days gone by.   I knew my mother had a claypot but had never seen one for sale.   Of course that was before Amazon, where you can find anything!  I purchased it and then began to research how to use it.  Again this was before the internet so it was actually go to the library and search.  


And this is what I learned, clay pots are like a well seasoned cast iron skillet, everything just tastes better cooked in a clay pot.  The flavors just mingle better or something scientific like that. And there is nothing like a well seasoned cast iron skillet or  a well conditioned clay pot to enhance the cooking quality of your dishes. 
And the most important of all, it will not dry out! Ok, let me repeat that, it will not dry out!   
 My clay pot is unglazed and over time has acquired a color change which indicates the character of the pot.  

**Just remember that clay pots have to be submerged in water for anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour before placing them in the oven.   And NEVER NEVER use a preheated oven, always place pot in a COLD oven and then set the temperature.   

 I can't go wrong by baking a chicken in a well seasoned clay pot and this recipe is guaranteed to satisfy.

You can find these clay pots by clicking on my Amazon affiliate link right here:
   Romertopf 99113 Glazed Clay Cooker, Large


***And as always don't forget to scroll to the bottom for more great recipe ideas



Clay Pot Roast Chicken


Ingredients
  • 1- 5lb whole chicken
  • 1 large cup of baby carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery cut into 5 or 6 inch sticks
  • 1 large red onion cut into quarters
  • 6 or 7 whole baby portabella mushrooms
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • springs of fresh thyme
  • springs of fresh parsley
  • springs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
Instructions
1. Soak Clay Pot for at least 20 minutes, I usually soak it longer, about 1 hour.
2. Using a fork mix the butter with one minced garlic clove and 1 tablespoon of each of the herbs that you choose to use. ( I used all three) to make a herb butter.
3. Wash chicken and dry thoroughly.
4. Gently ease up the breast skin of the chicken and spread the herb butter between the skin and the meat of the breast being careful not to pierce the skin. Also gently lift the skin of the drumsticks and spread butter under them.
5. Place 1 half of the lemon inside the chicken and any herbs that you choose.
6. Rub the outside of the chicken with salt and pepper. Optional:  tie legs together with kitchen twine
7. Place carrots, onion, mushrooms and celery in the bottom of the clay pot.
8. Pour the wine and chicken broth over the veggies. Season with salt and pepper and one minced garlic clove. Squeeze the juice of the other half of lemon over veggies.
9. Place chicken on top of the veggies, moving some of the veggies to the sides to make room for the chicken. Cover with lid.
10. Place in cold oven and set the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for 2 hours covered until done.
11. Remove the lid and cook for 10-15 minutes longer until chicken is golden brown.
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56 comments:

  1. This looks delicious! My parents have one of those pots and use it all the time. I've been looking for one second hand, but haven't found one yet.

    Thanks for linking up to our Finished Friday blog party.

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    1. I wish I could remember where I purchased mine. I have seen these on the internet:)

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  2. Wow! This recipe looks really amazing! Thanks for your Linky love! lisa
    www.earth2body.net

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  3. Thanks for sharing this with us this week at the Sunday Round Up Link Party.
    See you next week,
    Rose @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  4. This looks so good. I love a good whole chicken recipe!
    Thanks for sharing at Sunday Round Up.
    xoxo
    Heather

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    1. Thank you for hosting Sunday Round Up. Great party!

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  5. I so have always wanted to buy a clay pot, have had the opportunities but didn't? I love cooking whole chicken, and you recipe sounds so good. I also love rosemary and chicken together! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

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    1. I need to do my research for locations to purchase these wonderful clay pots and post it for everyone. Yes, rosemary is my favorite herb with chicken. Thank you for hosting Sunday's Best Par-tay!

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  6. Your recipe sounds great. I can't wait to try this.
    http://grandmabonniescloset.blogspot.com/2012/04/smiles-are-contagious.html

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  7. OMG It looks delicious! New follower from Inspire Me Monday.

    evescrochet.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks for joining Southern Sundays with this wonderful recipe! I've never made anything in a clay pot and this looks deishhh! I'll be announcing the featured recipes next week. Hope to see you at the next party with another great item!

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  9. This look delicious I wish I had one of those pots to try out the recipe. Thanks for stopping by and I am now linky following you.

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    1. Thanks ever so much for the follow. I enjoyed visiting you and following you also.

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  10. This looks awesome!

    We live in our RV full-time and love it! but are not retired yet so are not traveling except from job site to job site - we are gate guards.

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    1. I love your blog, great recipes for two (which I need to learn to cook for). Looking forward to following you.

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  11. I nearly bought a clay pot on a garage sale one time but did not know what to do with it! The next time I will pick it up and try this recipe:)

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    1. That always happens to me, when I pass something up then I have a need for it:) Thanks for the visit.

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  12. I have always wanted to try cooking in a clay pot. I need to keep my eye out for one on sale.

    Thanks for linking up at Mealtime Monday!

    Kaylee

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    1. Thank you for having a great Mealtime Monday party each week. You will not regret buying a clay pot.

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  13. Well that looks truly yummy xox Hopping over from Judy's creative Monday. Hugs!

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  14. That looks absolutely wonderful! It's making me hungry just reading it!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I get hungry all over again looking at it also.

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  15. I love your clay pot! Have always wanted one. I can only imagine the scent of this dish cooking away. Yum!
    Thank you for linking again this week at See Ya In the Gumbo.

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    1. I always love linking up to See Ya in the Gumbo! Thanks for the visit:)

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  16. Wow! That looks amazing. I am hosting my 2nd blog hop and would love it if you would share this recipe with my followers. Have a wonderful day. Diane @ MamalDiane.com

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    1. Thanks Diane, congrats on your blog hop and looking forward to linking up each week.

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  17. That looks wonderful! I'm hungry just looking at it without the scratch and sniff added!

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    1. Yes, it was so delicious! My son and hubby just loved it.

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  18. Never cooked with a clay pot, but the whole meal looks delicious! Good luck with your new RV adventure! Sounds fun. Thanks for being a part of our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope to see you again real soon!! -The Sisters

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    1. These clay pots can be purchased in several different sizes and are so fun. Thank you for having an amazing party.

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  19. how interesting! I have never seen this or heard about it....the chicken looks delicious!

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  20. Oh wow. That made my mouth water. Have a great WW.

    My entry.

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  21. I love my clay pots! But, for whatever reason, I have been forgetting to use them. I'm doing a lot of crock pot stuff, I guess. Thanks for the reminder and the delish looking recipe

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    1. Me Too! Your Welcome and thanks ever so much for the visit.

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  22. I don't own a clay pot.. but will definitely look into it! :)

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! Don't forget to add my button in your linky parties :)

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    1. I will add it as I speak. I thought I had because I love collecting buttons:) Thanks ever so much for the visit.

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  23. I have two of those and love using them! In Germany (where I'm from and where I bought them) they are called "Roemertopf" and are very popular.

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    1. Wow! How cool is that. "Roemertopf" I love learning new things. Thank you for sharing and the visit

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  24. I think I'm drooling. :D Can you come cook for us? :D Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful
    pam

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  25. This looks so amazing!! I think I need to track one down. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

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  26. This looks great! You have now started the clay pot cooking trend! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  27. OH YUM! That looks so tasty! We don't have a clay pot - but had a chicken roasted on our BBQ with veggies like this at the weekend! Yuumm!!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  28. I wish we had smell-o-coumputers too, because this looks like it was fantastic!! I have never cooked in a clay pot, I think I'll keep an eye out for one. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  29. Hello, my name is Jennifer and I have shared this post over at my blog eatcraftsow.blogpost.com. Please let me know if there is anything you wish for me to remove. Have a great day!!!!

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  30. Thanks for linking this to the MONDAY ALL STARS at simply done wright ... this is so kewl.. I need to get me a clay pot... putting that on the list..

    Thanks again,
    Carri

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  31. I know I got one of those pots for my wedding years ago. I'll have to drag it out and try this! Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend!

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  32. Thank you so much for sharing this at "All my Bloggy Friends" ... I believe this is the recipe that brought me to your blog originally! :)

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  33. This is inspiring!! Thank you so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays last week. Hope to see you again this week!!
    Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch

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  34. Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!
    Lois @wifeofthecolonel.blogspot.com

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  35. That looks amazing.. I have a small clay pot that I brought home from africa but it is used more to carry water. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.
    http://marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.com

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  36. Yum! That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. This looks delicious. I just saw this at Wallisfarm's link party.

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  38. I will definitely be on the lookout for one of these clay pots! I love chicken 'roasted' with veggies :) Thank you for also sharing this on Tasty Thursday

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  39. Saw these on Amazon for sale in UK at about £22 . thnx for the recipe will surely try

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))